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: you are reading the same headlines we are out of the russian defense ministry and from russian sources, first saying they would potentially be some assault on ukrainian forces who were holding out, albeit peacefully at the moment on the crimean peninsula. then we understand no such ultimatum has been issued. really, events down in the crimea which is in the southern part of this huge european country, let's not forget it's the second largest country by land mass in europe, with a 2300 kilometer border with russia. events are very fluid and really, no clear picture coming out. at the moment, we do know this government here in ukraine which is pro-western, is very defiant even though they are saying they are still looking for very diplomatic messages. that's despite the foreign minister of russia today being pretty aggressive, telling western powers not to back this government in ukraine. i spoke to the prime minister yatsenyuk today. i asked what's his message to lavrov and the russians. >> my message is that we will find a political and diplomatic solution despite the fact that russian
there are russian defense forces. kerry was god smacked. nbc's andrea mitchell told him putin said that. putin says there's an illegitimate government here in kiev. kerry says how can it be illegitimate when the parliament approved this government? putin says there are ant anti-semantic running in kiev. kerry says, i drove through kiev, i walked through kiev, how can that be the case, mr. putin? but let's look at the positive side of things. progress, kerry is going to be speaking to lavrov. nato and the russians will be speaking, as well. it's sluggish, but there is a ministerial level conversation going on. the russians maybe, despite mr. putin's comments about the illegitimatesy of this government, there was some progress there. but the hard proof is there are russian forces or pro russian forces, whatever you want to call it, on ukraine territory. talking about putin's speech yesterday, this is hard lined. it says the confessions of a mad adegreeson with a caricature of mr. putin. a humanitarian mission? and then we have a third bun referring to those shots and pictures of unarmed ukrainian air
of the national defense council. and i spoke to one of the representatives of that council, deputy summer somer about the intentions of the russians. let's just listen in to what she thought. >> we understand that this is main goal of the russian army to -- ukrainian army to have its own country. but just now, we don't have any cases with -- where our on -- >> do you fear that there's going to be an escalation of the conflict area outside of crimea to, perhaps, eastern ukraine, for instance, which has a lot of russian support, we're told? >> so dangerous of escalation is very high. but ukrainian government try to keep the situation and our message for all ukrainian army to give the people. we understand that we are doing everything without armed forces. >> do you consider russian actions so far to be a declaration of war by russians on ukraine? >> yes. we can see the decision of the russian parliament and we can see act on the ukrainian territory in crimea. >> what they're saying here is the actions on the ground that have been a declaration of war. we've had a mobilization of regular forces, a
needs to be broken up into two parts, an offensive part and a defensive part, and the cyber security companies would be a lot more comfortable working with a defensive nsa than they are working with an nsa that's trying to hack into a lot of people's information. so he suggested that they might not want to work with the nsa at all if that kind of clarity can't be given to the cyber security technology companies. >> i have a more practical question. what are they trying to do to solve this security problem for all of us with our credit cards and all the things that can be hacked into? i mean, is there a solution that they're eyeing right now or are they just kind of flailing about here? >> well, i'll tell you, there are hundreds of solutions in this room. all of these little startup companies have a different idea about how to do that, and you're seeing sort of capitalistic, darwinian evolution going on as all these little companies pitch these ideas. bigger companies are coming up and acquiring the little firms and saying that's where we're going to go, but this question of passwords
on their own self-defense? they have subcontracted out all of their defense to the united states assuming we would come to their aid. if they were stronger militarily, would putin be able to make those moves? i don't think so. >> i think it would be useful if europe spent more on its defense and i would not lump all the european nations together. i think france and great britain spend a fair amount on their defense. it would be useful if they spent more but i don't think that's the key to resolving this crisis. >> how far -- keep going. >> it would also be useful for the european union and individual european states to levy sanctions on russian leaders. russian leaders keep their money in europe. that would be a strong disincentive for aggression. >> on vladimir putin? >> yes. >> when he decides he's not going to send them all the natural gas, one-third of which they consume from russia, and they are paying through the nose and their economy still isn't recovered, why would they do that? >> that's a fair question. keep in mind if putin doesn't sell it to europe, he doesn't sell it. russia ne
of ten s&p sectors up more than 1%. it doesn't matter if you're defensive names or cyclical names, health care, financials, industrials, it doesn't matter. right across the board, 7 to 1 advancing to declining stocks. the only point i would point out, the one thing i would make is look at the ten-year. this is not signaling somehow economic news is better. a lot of the naysayers down here, and there's a few of them left, keep saying watch the bond market. that's the one that's still not moving. guys, a lot of attention focused on that nonfarm payroll report on friday. back to you. >> yes. oh, by the way. thanks very much, bob. it was back to work in washington. president obama's 2015 budget was unveiled. it calls for tax increases on the rich to finance tax cuts for the not so rich, but it has little, if any, chance of passing politically. possibly that's another reason why stocks are higher today, right? >> john harwood joins us with some of the defails on this one. john? >> there are two distinct parts of the president's budget. one part has to do with the budget world as it is under th
, defensive stocks. consumer staples up the same as consumer discretionary. industrials up the same as health care. >> let's bring in kenny pulcari. i asked ben what to do on that 200 plus down day and he said buy. you know what? that was a great call. what do you do now if you missed it? >> i'm not sure you missed it. i think they want to take it to 1900. just until they say we take it to 1900. it's like get that number on it, people are looking for it. this is not a huge lot of volume so again, to bob's point, it's trader driven. it's algo-driven. crisis over and boom, they rush it right up. it doesn't feel like it wants to top out until -- it will test 1900, i'm sure. then i think you will see this pull back again, this churning. >> the question is whether we keep relatively quiet the next few days on this story because then we get into the nonfarm on friday. remember, people expect not a great number because of bad weather during the week they did the survey. now we are set up for if the number's better than expected, you get another potential leg up. >> on that note, here's seema mody fo
a defense -- >> no, the decision was met with cheers outside the capitol building. she was met with major corporations and -- the thing i don't like about twitter. to me, maybe i didn't know every nuance and detail about it, but just the idea that a lunch counter that someone would say, no, you're not being served here, somebody -- that was enough for me. i didn't realize how many different situations twitter people could come up with to show me that there was some time when this might make sense. it's like, i don't want to know all your splitting hair opinions about why personal freedom, it's like, okay, let's say you're a florist. someone comes in. they want you to do this at this. you don't like the way -- you know, all these different things about, if it's junior business, why can't you decide whether or not this is somewhere where you're going to -- >> you tie it right back to civil rights. the immediate reaction is, we don't serve your kind here. you can't say that. we decided that 50, 60 years ago. you can't do that. >> but i was like reading these -- where these convoluted situati
't matter whether you are a cyclical name, whether you are a defensive name, all the major groups are up, industrials, health care, consumer staples are up along with consumer discretionary. we've got very unusual volume movers. epam is paced in pennsylvania. they sell software and tech systems in eastern europe and the ukraine, so they were down big yesterday but, look, they're up 17% today, just sort of rocketed back. i want to walk you over here, come here. they got a competitor, luxsoft and i'm behind post nine. take a look, up almost 20% right now. they do outsourcing of i.t. services, they compete against epam, most of the engineers are based in the a ukraine even though the company is headquartered in sitland, it was down yesterday, look at it, they are up 20% today. they had a conference call that say it may be beneficial because it may lower labor costs in the ukraine, so they do outsourcing of i.t. services and lower labor costs mean better prices for its customers and ubs some of the big financial firms over there. you can see this whole thing has gotten very interesting finan
and a russian defense official is discussing ukraine with nato members in brussels as well. so, in this swirl of diplomacy russia's and the west's end games are beginning to emerge. washington and berlin are pushing a plan that would include international observers to replace the russian or pro-russian forces in crimea direct talks between moscow and kiev and new elections in may. now, the russians on the other hand, want to see a return of the ousted ukrainian leader victor yanukovych, he would head a national unity government and new elections in december. so, there's a gulf between these two sides. clearly. and that will be whittled down perhaps over the next number of days, but at least, carl they are talking again. and, by the way, if that doesn't work, don't expect to see russian forces pulling back in crimea anytime soon that could become the new norm. back to you, carl. >> one question, you know, you talk about the presence of the pro-russian forces. is it the sense where you are that putin blinked as "usa today" puts it today or that he simply quit while he was
with investors playing a barbell, keeping a hand in some defensive positions but extending themselves more into cyclicals as we go forward at a low inflationary environment with the fed struggling. sgr >> financials were getting a little bit of a bid. maybe it was a rotation out of the over valued names. want to go back to the main point as we head into the close close. the dow is off almost 250 points. >> bear in mind, 1848 for ages, for weeks and weeks we were trying to break through the new highs, 1848. stutter steps, we finally got there then 1850 would sas resis. finally yesterday we were decisively over that. you get these stutter steps up and back. it's not -- it hasn't been a straight line up but so far since the end of january, we've been doing pretty well. february was a great month. >> the market has been pretty much straight up for the last couple weeks after that big pullback earlier this year, and i think we may be in for some more jitters. i agree with my colleagues here that, you know, some of it has to do with the weekend and the news in the ukraine, but i think there's a
regulatory overreach, they want to rebuild our nation's defenses, they want to be worried about entitlement reform and immigration reform. what dave camp did is introduce a giant side show that outrages much of the base and advantage of being a talk show host as you know sue hear from people and the phones lit up. people are angry that dave camp wants to raise their taxes and give them nothing in return. >> steve forbes, hewitt is seeing this as a tax hike. there are some tax hikes in here. i don't see it as a tax hike. maybe more broadly the republican party has to have a pro growth message and i think the tax reform message can work. this may not be perfect but where do you come out on this. >> i think putting tax reform on the table is good. i have some questions about what dave camp has done, that 35% bracket and raising the taxes on capital gains and dividends. by raising the standard deduction 95% of the people won't have to file a complicated return. corporate tax rate gets cut from 35 to 25. that's good. there's good elements. i see it as a building block ultimately to a flat tax b
's response and defense of his own actions on his website. in fact, i tweeted that out. apologies came out if it was looking like me. his website and his defense that i wanted to get out to people because it is the first time we've heard from mr. andresen. this morning the new icahn letter to ebay stock holder doesn't say much about paypal. it's wanting to know the truth about what happened with skype, raising questions about what ebay directors new about microsoft's interest in skype. 18 months later the investment group that purchased skype from eb ebay, but ebay helped 30% of the company and managed it from a higher price when it was sold to microsoft, about $8.5 billion. did mark andresen know at the time the group was purchasing a controlling interest from ebay that microsoft was interested. did he enter into a confidentiality agreement that prevented sharing information. a lot of questions continue. want to get to the broader issue in a minute. a manresponse from ebay and mr. andresen himself. he says, for example, ebay's retained ownership in the skype spin-off 30% versus andren's a
that they have there. it's a defense area for them, and they took this stand. i think putin is going to test us to see how strong an alliance we have, particularly it's important for germany to be a part of this because that's going to make a big difference. and if we don't do anything, if we don't have a united front and if there isn't something very strong as an alliance, then i think he will move on through the rest of the ukraine which is even more dangerous. >> i understand the black sea, russian troops, navy -- but supposedly crimea has an independent legislature and independent prime minister. that system is there. the russians have totally disrupted it. they got their own guy in and a phony legislature and kiev can't do anything about it. but i don't see why the united states and nato, to use your point, nato may be stronger than the eu, has to give up on the crimea. i think that's invading sovereignty. we should make a stand on that, kay. >> no doubt about that. no doubt about that. but we have to move as an alliance. that is my point. or we will be a paper tiger because they must sign
council senior director for defense and strategy barry pavel. i hope i have that right. mark, welcome back. some news reports are saying that the white house is putting the line out, that they're not going to the g8 meeting in sochi unless putin changes his mind and his attitude and proposal. i don't know precisely what they want him to do but i'm going to guess and you tell me, the white house wants putin to stand down in the crimea because that is still an issue. they own the crimea. they did not pull the troops out. they did not put the troops in barracks. they own the crimea and have disrupted its sovereignty. do you think that's what they're talking about in the white house is this. >> i don't know because they haven't been specific in what they want. if they think the actions they're taking right now are going to lead to the russian departure from the crimea, i think they've got another thing coming. crimea in general is a strategic asset to the russian navy on the mediterranean and i don't think anything can dislodge them in the near term. >> barry, let me ask you, there's a laundry
.s. is standing with the eu, charles. i think that puts putin on the defensive. >> i would agree, larry. i think this creates a different balance of power in the situation. you know, on the one hand western europe is quite dependent on russia for gas and oil particularly germany. on the other hand there's an interdependence factor that may mitigate the potential for continued aggressiveness by putin. he not only provides the gas and oil to western europe, but he depends on those markets for foreign exchange. the russian economy is vulnerable. ironically out of all of this, the extreme as a rule neblt and free fall of the ukrainian economy may eventually destabilize, because the strong support has definitely increased over the last few days. >> i couldn't agree more. this is a big thing. russia needs the foreign exchange. their economy is in terrible shape. you're exactly right. mr. mcfall, let me pursue this more. at this point, you tell me technically, i don't know, at some point all putin has to do is to tell his mill their people in crimea to stand down and go back to the bases and the barrac
that the defense department is taking concrete steps to reassure our nato allies, steps like expanding our aviation detachment in poland and our contributions to nato's baltic air policing mission. this is on top of other steps that the united states has already taken, steps like suspending our bilateral discussions with russia on trade and investment, suspending u.s./russia military engagement, and suspending preparations for the g-8 summit in sochi. now, as i said yesterday inç kv and as president obama has said as well and as i said to foreign minister lavrov today, russia made a choice, and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation, and we are committed to working with russia, and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to deescalati deescalation, the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. we renew our call for russia to speak directly
large scale human rights violations against its ethnic russians in the ukraine, the russian defense ministry confirmed that fighter jets were now on high alert along the border with ukraine that's of course part of the surprise, war games we've been reporting on since yesterday including long range aircraft, warships as well as some 150 troops and some 900 tanks. the main flash point is ukraine's crimea peninsula, strategic for russia, the home of the black sea fleet, scuffles broke out yesterday between proand anti-russian protesters outside crimea's parliament. overnight the building was seized by armed men speaking russian with rpgs, sniper rifles, in effect vigilantes who raised the russian flag over the building. today police surround that building hoping to contain the situation while ukraine's acting president warned russia that any troop movements outside of the black sea fleet base would be seen as an aggression against ukraine, and all of this going on, ross, based on as a result of many things but now we're seeing photos even of ukrainian armored personnel carriers and tr
himself from all deliberations on the transaction, including all discussions, negotiations, and defenses. ebay and its shareholders benefitted from the divestiture of skype in a sale to microsoft. they kept 30% of it so there was upside there and he points out that marc was elected to the board in 2012 with 99.7% approval. i don't think that means much. >> no. >> when you don't have a challenge. and he also goes on to say that the claims about scott cook are also unfounded. as the founder of intuit, he says scott has an exceptional track record of creating value and has enormous assets and the overlap between intuit and ebay is very small between both companies. regarding hiring, any restrictions ended years ago. >> i am trying to think are there situations where a guy is brilliant on the board where you overlook some of this stuff? is it possible? is it possible that you want andreessen on your board and that carl icahn addresses your public comment to have him come on, could you overlook this? or you can never do it? >> if you were advising carl would you argue to attack andreessen, sk
think europe will play defense and the u.s. will be worried about where its economy is going. >> it's interesting that you are saying that as a lot of people are thinking that the united states are steaming ahead, whereas europe is sort of stagnating. >> i would say the way europe has approached it is more long-term sustainable. the u.s. problems are in the future but they're major problems. the european problems are much more observable. if you like, europe has an upside down iceberg with most of its problems on the surface and the u.s. is an iceberg. >> we're just getting some flashes across the wires about egypt, apparently reappointing the petroleum minister and the planning minister and interior minist minister and no mention of a potential future president. we'll keep you abreast of any further developments. >> we're updated every day for events going on as far as egypt is concerned. futures are suggesting we might get a dip down at the beginning. still to come on the show dreamworks failed to give a turbo charge. the animated movie about a racing snail, i did see this one, se
seized government buildings overnight. both secretary of defense and secretary of state with words of warning to russia today. front-page editor of "business insider" here with us. michael, how should investors be thinking about this? >> they should be watching it very closely. ukraine is hemorrhaging money. the prime minister today said they only have $400,000 in their treasury. they have $15 billion left in foreign reserves. so they need some help. >> what's the next flash point? >> well, you definitely have to watch what's going on in crimea. the russian war games will be going on from friday to monday. the fact that there are russian flags over the regional capital and the parliament building in crimea is troublesome. then this government that was approved today, what they're going to do moving forward to get the balance sheet of the country settled. >> finally, michael, can you get a sense of a correlation between the events in ukraine as they played out today and what was happening in the market? >> i don't think i can say how it affected it, but i can say that the next coupl
.s. defense secretary hagel warned russia to respect ukraine's sovereignty and avoid provocative action. russia denied involvement in the airport seizures. this situation continues to be ugly and confusing. >>> men's apparel retailer jos. a. banks says it's talking to talk about a higher bid. that's the first time any of these folks said they wanted to talk to each other at all. men's warehouse raising from 57.50 earlier this week and added it would consider increasing that offer to $65 if it was allowed to conduct limited due diligence. hanging in the balance of all of this is eddie bauer which was maybe being played like a fiddle in trying to bring both of these guys back to the table. we always knew they wanted to do a deal of some sort. >> this merger makes sense. >> i would argue this makes more sense. >> these two companies should get together. if you're in your car you won't let them drive past the street where either one of these are located, right? you wouldn't wear a men's warehouse sock. there's no way. >> you know what i think i'm going to do next week? i'm going to dress he
to the defense department. >> john kerry seems like he is preparing a way to say no. >> you can argue that both ways. i can't imagine that he will say eno. even the study that they put out paves the way for keystone. my guess is yes to keystone and come out with regulations on existing power plants later in the year. >> if you want to look at the most politicly expedient answer. chairman -- >> sorry i missed you last week, i got snowed in. >> we hope to see you again soon. who knows what we will be calling you in the future. >> paul. >>> coming up it's 1849 all over again. why gold prospectors are dancing. we have details after the break. check out gold prices right now. "squawk box" coming right back after this short break. >>> i love gold! ♪ >>> coming up, the investors' bulls eye on target. we speak to an analyst for reaction to the numbers and the company comments. "squawk box" on cnbc, profit from it. on your own... or with a fidelity investment professional, helping you find new ways to plan for retirement and save on taxes where you can so you can invest in the life that you want today
, and attacked all day everyday. you can no longer rely on perimeter the defenses anymore. and you have to assume that you have been macked and you have to have the technologies to go in to analyze all of the data and look for the outliers and the statistical anomalies and the unusual pattern. it is a 24 by 7 issue to try to defend yourself against cyberterrorism. i think that the agencies are just doing everything that they can to analyze the data to make sure they are looking for the outlier pattern. i don't think that they are doing the level of intrusion on the day-to-day citizen that the press would appear. but they are certainly looking for the outlier patterns that say, this is something that needs to be watched. so, you know, we at splunk, we don't condone spying or any type of internal intrusion just like you wouldn't, but i think that it is the new reality that you have to be able to analyze the data and a lot of it in order to find that needle in the haystack and looking to the unusual thing. it is a careful balance, but i tell our daughters and we tell them just a assume that everythi
? are you going to cut in education? are you going to cut in defense? obviously with the minimum wage that doesn't increase the government budget. look, we're willing to look at combinations of things but the president has put his idea on the table. if my colleague paul ryan wants to put another idea on the table, we'll obviously take a look at that going forward. >> this is sort of symbol ig on both sides but to me, i was at least a little gratified, republicans think maybe you could do something with corporate taxation and, you know, something with the taxes that are staying overseas and do some infrastructure stuff, maybe they're open to that. at least there are seeds of what looks to be things that could get done. it's symbolic. i wish the president would be more persuasive about corporate tax reform. let me ask you one philosophical question, chris. >> yes. >> that is while we're trying to decide how to help people that need help, there are two thoughts. one is that we don't want to entrench people into dependency. you look at how many people are on food stamps now, how many peop
. the russian and ukrainian governments are talking on a cabinet level today, and a russian defense official is discussing ukraine with nato members in brussels as well. so this is shaping up relatively nicely and quickly. and in the flurry of all this diploma diplomacy, we're getting a better sense of russia's and the west's end games. washington and berlin on the one hand are pushing this plan that would include international observers to replace the russian or pro-russian forces in crimea. they're asking for direct talks between moscow and kiev and new elections in may. the russians, on the other hand, want to see a return of that ousted ukrainian leader, viktor yanukovych. he would head a national unity government and the new elections wouldn't be in may but in december. there's obviously a big gulf between the two sides, but at least they are talking again. but if that doesn't work, becky, don't expect to see russia's forces pulling back from crimea any time soon. back to you. >> jim, thank you. that is certainly what we've seen play out just with the market reaction as well. they seem
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